A Yummy Bit of SOULBOUND!

Minions, you have been so infinitely patient. You’ve waited through a title change (BLOODBOUND to SOULBOUND), and have waited sooooo long for Auntie Heather to finish this book, this epic fantasy that’s so different than my Vlad Tod or Slayer stuff. You’ve begged, pleaded for a taste. Just a taste! And today, I can give you just that. I’m going to give you two pressies. And when I’m done, I want to know what you think. I’m thrilled, ecstatic, so, so happy to give you both the cover of SOULBOUND, and the first five paragraphs! Are you ready? Because here…we…GO!!!

CHAPTER ONE

The sharp edge of the paper sliced into my thumb and I sat up with a jerk. “Fak!”

Blood blossomed from the cut and I tossed my book to the ground, shoving my thumb in my mouth and sucking on it to make the bleeding stop. I should have known that I’d give myself a paper cut. I’d just picked up the book from the book binder this morning, so its pages were still crisp, not well worn like those in the books that lined the shelves of my bedroom.

“What would your mother say if she heard you cursing like that, Kaya?” As he ducked under the moss that was draping from the tree branches above and made his way along the water’s edge, my father smiled at me. In his left hand was a net full of freshly caught fish. He held it up proudly. “Dinner. I hope I didn’t scare you.”

Shaking my head at his subtle attempt at humor—he’d always been able to sneak up on me without much effort, ever since I could remember—I brushed the grass from my leggings and stood, clutching the book in my hand. “Scare me? I actually heard you coming. First time for everything, I suppose.”

“I made certain you did. Walk back with me? I want to talk with you about tonight.” He didn’t wait for an answer. I knew he wouldn’t. My father was a take-charge kind of person. Not cruel or demanding, but a natural leader. When he said something, people were meant to listen, and they did, for the most part. Maybe it was because he was a Barron, and people—even the Unskilled people of Kessler who had no idea what Barrons even were—just sensed that they were supposed to follow his lead. My mother was a Barron as well. Sometimes I wished that I was like them, but then I’d push that wish away. After all, there was no sense in wishing for what one could never possibly have. My parents had been born Barrons, and I . . . well . . . I had not.

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96 Responses to "A Yummy Bit of SOULBOUND!"

  1. This-is-AMAZING!

  2. Ahhh! It’s sooooo good! I love it. When is the release date?

  3. Bleeker (=

    🙂 😀 I COMPLETLY Cant Wait!!! =D =D =D

  4. Shea T.

    My thoughts on the cover: well as a lover and collector of sharp and shiny objects I am immensely pleased to see a sword. XD on the other hand I’ve never seen chainmail over the eyes and I wonder what the purpose of this will be.

    As for the excerpt: Why so short?! XD I also immediately wondered what your usage of barron is/will be. 🙂

  5. SJune

    I love it!! Squee!!!! Can’t wait To read it

  6. Aleez The Lion

    OH MY DORIAN THIS IS AMAZING.
    Can’t wait for it, Auntie Heather!!!! 😮 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😀 😀 😀

  7. Hayleigh

    omg can’t wate to read it. sounds amazing!

  8. muahahahaha

    BOOK!!!!!!! omnomnomnomnom me wants to READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😈 😈 😈 blood, soul, barrons, and AWSOMENESS!!!!!!!!! 😈

    PS. RELEASE DATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. @Lucy

    Should be around this coming July

  10. Although the cover is radically different from the Vlad Chronicle ones, it’s still good.

  11. vamp lover

    omv totally amazing i cant wait i want this book now!!!!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: ❗ ❗ 😆 ❗ 😆

  12. Jocelyn

    Plz come to Los Angeles for the book signing pretty PRETTY PLEASE!!! :mrgreen:

  13. Cheyanna

    Okay Auntie Heather. You’ve really outdone yourself this time. This is beyond amazing. I’m already so intrigued. This book will become #1 faster than you can say drudge. No kidding. The cover is stunning. All I want for Christmas is this book under my tree.

  14. shortness

    O my gosh this totally AMAZING. i csant wait to read it 🙂

  15. KearaDaFantasyluvr

    I love this I can’t wait to read the rest!!! 😛 I love a good book to drown in!

  16. Sarah Bookworm

    This is great! Good job Auntie Heather

  17. Alex (Todd)

    Auntie, I see this is as beeing your best work yet!

  18. Anxiety, Depression or Both?

    I WANT MORE!!!! QUIERO MAS!!! 🙂 auntie that was EPCILY AWESOME i cant wait!!!

  19. Gbug

    OMG I hope I get it!!

  20. Crystal

    IT’S AWESOME! It makes me want more!! 😀

  21. [.. for a funny book, with countless insights on how to ensure laughter every day – go here http://goo.gl/TYNPv .. ]

  22. Kai Charles

    Amazing cover! Im so intrigued by the story can’t wait!

  23. Sandra

    Ohmigosh! WANT! When am going to be able to get my hands on it?? This must be added to my overflowing shelves of books.

  24. James Donoghue

    OMV!!! sooo excited! when is it coming out?

  25. It’s… so… SHINY. Supermegafoxyawesomehot. 😉 😈 🙂 😯 🙄 😛 😳 😮 :mrgreen: 😆 💡 😀 👿 😎 ➡ ❓ ❗

  26. Brittany

    Cooool!!! 😀 <3<3<3

  27. TrinityOtis

    Omv! I can’t wait, it sounds great. :mrgreen:

  28. DreadfulStar

    :3 YES! I CAN’T WAIT! Must. Wait. Sadly……

  29. Adena

    I LOVE that cover. Very different from the Vlad cover.

  30. anna

    CAN. NOT. WAIT. till the book comes out. :mrgreen:

  31. soccer11

    omg i can’t wait to read the whole book!!! 🙂

  32. Fanggirl

    OMG I AM LOVING THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I cant wait to buy this when it comes out. I know my teachers will love it! 😉

  33. Second Chance

    Brilliant! Sounds interesting, and the chain maille on the cover made me flip out, I make chain maille, only bracelets at the moment, but I’m hoping to expand. It seems thrilling. Release date?

  34. OnceBitten

    O-O need…

  35. ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh omg i am bored but this is kool 😯

  36. minionandformervamp

    OMGGGGGG!!!! i need it NOW!!!!! 😆 :mrgreen:

  37. Kelsea

    CANNOT WAIT for the book to come out!

  38. Megan

    wow! this is really great. makes me excited to read the rest 😀

  39. Jordan

    Great cover real action like this is a whole new time period for heather but I bet she can pull it off. 🙂 ❗

  40. Liz

    AMAZING! 😀 CANT WAIT! 😀

  41. Liz

    AMAZING! CANT WAIT! 😀

  42. Devious Minion

    EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    AUNTIE HEATHER THIS IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!
    Your minions are begging on their knees for moooooooooore!!!!!!!!

  43. bookwormish natasha

    Pure awsomeness, Auntie! EEEE! I can’t wait to pick it up. The chapter bit you posted is teasing me though!

  44. Christian Faria

    😀 I can’t wait!!

  45. OMV!!!
    This was pure O+ Sweetness !!!! I love have great news like this in the morning !!!!
    The bookcover , amazing ! and the sneakpeak , o-nomnomnom, I so want more!
    I cant wait for the book to come out 😀

  46. Snow Trea!

    I love Love Love it! I “Fak!” -in love it! I love the way Aunty writes it’s so amazing! I love Vlad and Joss! I wish I was meredith and stuck in the middle of them! Tehe 🙂 <3 😛 ❗

  47. Elijah Vallance

    Omg Auntie Heather has Done it yet again!! Cant wait for it to be in stores!!! 🙂 🙂 😛 😛
    I Love You Auntie!!!!!!
    From Elijah From Ohio

  48. GD

    O wow! I love it! Can we get a tad more?? Just another paragraph or so! Plz?? I feel addicted already Lady Heather!! Can’t wait to read it when it hits the shelves! xD

  49. emeraldshard

    That was great. I love the cover.

  50. Leah

    I WANT MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  51. Jonathan

    Excellent! !!!!!!!!!! I can’t wait!

  52. Auntie Heather, that cover is absolutely gorgeous. And after reading that excerpt I can not wait for hte book. When is the release date?

  53. Chrona Ragorox

    oh mi god i can not wait for this book to come out i love your books

    Chrona!

    😈

  54. Maggs

    😯

    I CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  55. PURPLEPOTATOES!!!!

    Thanks for cheering up my mood a bit I really needed it. It seems very interesting and beckons me to open the pages and see whats inside….hmmm.

  56. T.N.F

    this book sounds awesome!!! I can’t for it to come out!!!!!!!!!!! 😛 😀 :mrgreen:

  57. Safire Rain

    PLEASE!! Tell MORE TELL MORE AUNTIE!!!!!! *Waiting*

  58. mnky1397

    That’s it? 🙁 Can’t wait ’til it’s out!!!!!

  59. ……..GIVE ME THAT BOOK. NOW.

  60. isabel flor

    I wanna read more!!! why don’t you put the whole first chapter 😀 just saying 😛 hahaha
    Ps: I love the cover :mrgreen:

  61. Alainna

    Omg~!!
    That is for one, one of the coolest book covers I have ever freakin seen! I can’t wait to get my hands on this book, it looks and sounds amazing just from one paragraph. 😀

  62. Shade Shadows

    OMG That was EPIC 😯

  63. Emily

    Oh my dorritos this is amazing. I’m curious about that barron thing and the book in general. and I think I may know a reason for chain mail covering the face for those who are curios. It would probably be to hide their identity but allow them to see and it is also more lightweight than a helmet

  64. Ali

    GGGGGGGGGGGGGGAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!! I REALLY WANT MORE SO PLEASE MAY I HAVE MORE THAT WAS SO GOOD!!!!!!! 😆 😮 😛 :mrgreen: 😯 🙂 😉

  65. Lady CawCaw

    Wow that seems pretty cool! Hey guys i missed you all!

  66. (|=|) A.K.A undercover vampire in training

    Oh, auntie Heather, lord of awesomeness, you inspired me to write my own series,(wait for it) The Raven Cronicles (IN COOL,MYSTERIOUS VOICE). The series will have three books,tears of the midnight raven, rise of the dark angels, and the battle of darkness. I want to Emali you wat I wrote so far please take the time to read it and tell me what you think of it.(P.S you are totally my role model and I would die all over again if I met you in person). your faithful minion, (|=|) 😀 😆 😛 (jello,ya.)

  67. Shawna

    As for the cover… I’m a little weirded out by the chainmail veil, but if it’s something that’s actually from the book, then I’m curious to see what it’s about. However, the asinine way she’s holding that sword is totally putting me off, and when I look at the pic, I see a model doing a photoshoot with a prop she’s never touched before, which I doubt is the reaction it’s meant to provoke. It’s a cool image otherwise, and I like the title off to the side and the text at the top. Will it have some sort of numbering system on the cover? One of my biggest pet peeves in recent books is how it’s hard to tell which comes first because there’s no numbering system to tell you what order to read them in.

    As for the paragraphs… Still a bit too little to get a feel for, but it looks promising, and I immediately like her dad for some reason.

  68. softly~falling~snow

    who-oa! awshus, MEWANTMEWANTMEWANT!!

  69. bonnie keep

    i neeeeeeeeeeeeeed it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😈 👿

  70. Bree

    Oh my Vlad that is crazy i love the cover.And the sword man i want that book can’t wait. 😀

  71. Bree

    Oh my Vlad i love it

  72. Ricinium

    Wow, that’s good writing, I can’t wait for the rest.

  73. Big Bro

    Looks fantastic, Lil’ Sis! I cannot WAIT to read it!

  74. Hunter

    When will this be piblished?!? 😀 :mrgreen:

  75. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i LOVE IT. i’m gunna by in stores.
    Auntie, you are the best writer!!!!!!!!!! 😈

  76. Honestly I think the book sounds great, I love the cover and I want to read more because you have already drawn me in with the title and just the first five paragraphs. Can’t wait to read it 🙂 hoping maybe you will come to Maine on a book tour and go to the Nonesuch Bookstore in Biddeford, Maine 🙂

    Anyway can’t wait till the book is released

  77. gothgirl

    OMV!!! that was AMAZING!!! when is the release date! I AM DYING TO READ THAT BOOK!!! dont keep us waiting too long Auntie Heather!
    ❗ 😯 😀 ❗

  78. Slayer_Society

    Looks AWESOME!! 💡 wondering if anything about a boy with black hair and eyes that flash florescent purple will make an appearance…. Even if Kaya glances at a newspaper and it says something about that or a vampire I will freak out!!!!

  79. X-Fang

    I see that the comments are fixed. I can’t wait for Soulbound. Auntie Heather, you’re the most cool author.
    P.S. Anyone know how many words are needed for a book for 13 years old and up? Otherwise my book is unfinished. :mrgreen:

  80. X-Fang

    P.S. Congrasts to the winners of the Xbox 360.

  81. Tabitha

    i seriusly cant wait it sounds like and overly action exciteing suspence book!!! 😯 🙂 😀 😆

  82. SWAJ

    *fangirl squeel*
    EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: I’M SO EXCITIED!!!!

  83. Justin Barnes

    DEEEEELIGHTFUL! Can’t wait to buy it and then see you on tour AGAIN to sign it 😀 Go Heather! Love the cover, nice, dark, and intriguing. 🙂

  84. Holy shnizit, this is so cool thank you.

  85. Savage

    it is great already i cant wait
    :mrgreen:

  86. vampireConverse

    AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<33333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333 😯 :mrgreen:

  87. Ally289

    i swear when i saw the cover i literally sighed out a “wowwww”…is tht an inscription on the sword or just a reflection?
    i am relly curious and cant wait for the WHOLE thing to come out…Mommy heather knew we were all already thirsty for more…

    Forever and Eternity,
    Ally289 >:[

  88. Tyler J.

    Sorry to say this, but so far this book is not sounding to good 😕 . Not your best work.. and the cover? Its not a very good cover

  89. hidden

    omg. i cant wait to read the rest of it. 😮

  90. awesomeandrandom

    4 words..I WANT THAT BOOK :mrgreen:

  91. jaci-team vlad-nelly-joss-meridith-otis-snow

    man thats a good idea… use your mark… mind if i steal it? 😛

    – (-///)

  92. Dissaith

    amaZING it is a realy good book and I can’t wait to read it! Auntie Heather for the win!!!!!!!!

  93. Erin

    Omfg I love it when is it coming out?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! <33333

  94. (-///)(jaci)-team vlad-nelly-joss-meridith-otis-snow-mellina-dorian-kristof-october-sprat-andrew-auntie heather-fellow minions -kill d'ablo-eddiepoe-ignatius-jasik-abraham-em-an all da over evow pepows

    pretty cool! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  95. shay sanders

    got it….read it……love it!!!! 😉 🙄 😳 😆 😎 👿

  96. Kourtney

    OMG auntie this sounds absolutely AMAZING i cant wait to read this!!!!!! xxx

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